Doctor Who – All The Years is a quick examination of what was happening in the world of Doctor Who over all its years of existence. I’m not attempting to create a thorough history–just brief look back at the real-life timeline of my favorite TV show. Go back to the beginning and read about 1963 here.
In the wake of the whole COVID-19 pandemic, Big Finish–most famous for their original licensed Doctor Who audios–began to release a variety of projects for free on a weekly basis. Some of these are “proper” Doctor Who adventures, some are licensed from other sources, and others are completely original. I have been taking advantage of these, as I’ve written about here and here and here. This time around we’re looking at a bit of a miscellaneous list of projects that got missed on my previous write-ups.
I’ve written a few of these posts lately, which have mostly come about because of spending money I received for my 50th birthday. In this case, however, I bought the DVD for The Talons of Weng-Chiang a long time ago. I’d made a couple of false starts on it, but only now have gotten round to finishing it–motivated in part by my desire to show it to one of my nerdier daughters.
Back in 1977, Doctor Who produced a story that became a bit of a classic, The Talons of Weng-Chiang. The story featured some memorable guest characters played by Christopher Benjamin and Trevor Baxter: Henry Gordon Jago and Professor Litefoot. In 2013, in true Big Finish style, the world of licensed Doctor Who audio re-teamed the pair with Fourth Doctor Tom Baker in this tale, The Justice of Jalxar, which is the fourth story in the second series of Big Finish’s Fourth Doctor adventures.